Also, cumin is extremely useful for predigesting food owing to the compound cuminaldehyde, found in the essential oil of the cumin plant, which stimulates salivary glands. Plus, it relieves gas and IBS symptoms and improves appetite.
Digestive: Cumin stimulates the appetite and a great herb for digestive disorders with some antiseptic properties. The seeds themselves are rich in iron and are thought to help stimulate the secretion of enzymes from the pancreas which can help absorb nutrients (vitamins & minerals) into the system.
It has also been shown to boost the power of the liver’s ability to detoxify the human body. It can help with flatulence, indigestion, diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea, morning sickness, and atonic dyspepsia.
The compound cuminaldehyde activates saliva secretion & Thymol activates pancreatic secretion of acids, bile and enzymes. The saliva helps primary digestion, whereas Thymol is responsible for complete digestion of the food in the stomach and the intestines. Cumin tea gives relief of a stomachache.
Kidney & Liver: powerful kidney and liver herb and can help boost your immune system. When combined with caraway seed and black salt, cumin seeds provide an effective treatment for renal colic. Cumin is said to be a great tonic and can help the liver in its detoxifying process.
Metabolism: Cumin makes a great tonic for the body even if you don’t have a specific ailment to cure. It is said to increase the heat in the body thus making metabolism more efficient.
Cumin seeds also stimulate the production of enzymes which help the body to break down protein, fat, sugar and starch and help the liver to flush toxins from the body
Piles: The main reason behind piles is constipation added with infections in the wound in the anal tract, which again, is caused by constipation.
Cumin contains a good source of dietary fiber to help with such issues. Presence of essential oils comprising Cuminaldehyde & certain pyrazines give it carminative, stimulating, anti fungal and anti microbial properties. Thus Cumin acts as a natural laxative, helps healing up of infections or wounds in the digestive and excretory system and also speeds up digestion.
Cancer: Recent studies have revealed that cumin seeds might also have anti-carcinogenic properties. In laboratory tests, this powerful little seed was shown to reduce the risk of stomach and liver tumors in animals
The detoxification and chemo-preventive properties accelerates secretion of anti-carcinogenic enzymes from the glands. It has antioxidants like Vitamin-C and Vitamin-A in it. It is particularly good for cancer of colon. Other anti-oxidants like Eugenol and limonene present in Cumin have strong anti-tumor properties.
Recent research has revealed that cumin may slow the growth of breast and colon cancer cells. Black Cumin has proven beneficial for patients suffering from pancreatic cancer as it stops the multiplication of cancer cells. Sufficient intake of black cumin seeds can therefore prove useful for the prevention of such cancers
Common Cold: The Common Cold is a viral infection which affects our body frequently when our immune system is weak or worn down. The antiseptic properties of cumin can also help fight the flu by boosting your immune system.
Cumin also prevents cough formation in the respiratory system as it is supposed to be hot and dries up the excess mucus. Cumin is rich in iron and has considerable amount of vitamin-C, which are essential for a good immunity and keeps infections away. Black cumin seeds, when combined with garlic, can further boost your immunity
Young Girls, Pregnant and Lactating mothers: Cumin is very rich in iron (above 66 mg. in each 100 grams) which is more than 5 times the daily requirement of iron for an adult; thus very good for pregenancy or lactating mothers, women who are undergoing menses, along with growing children and adolescents, who are in greater need for iron than others.
Cumin has remarkable amount of calcium (above 900 mg per 100 grams) which accounts to over 90% of our daily requirement of calcium.
Moreover, cumin is said to help ease and increase secretion of milk in lactating women due to presence of Thymol, which tends to increase secretions from glands, including milk which is a secretion from mammary glands.
It is more beneficial if taken with honey. Cumin seeds, when taken along with milk and honey, prove extremely healthy for pregnant women. They help in the healthy development of fetus, facilitate easy child birth and also boost the quantity of breast milk secretion. Cumin also helps stimulate the menstrual cycle and when taken orally, black cumin is a natural contraceptive.
According to a different study, published in 2010 in the journal Food Chemistry and Toxicology, cumin can reduce blood sugar as effectively as the drug glibenclamide (known as glyburide in the US). Also, cumin proved beneficial for decreasing oxidative stress and preventing the advanced glycated end products (AGE) linked to the pathogenesis of diabetic vascular problems.
A separate animal study concluded that cumin was more efficient in reducing inflammation, cholesterol, triglycerides, free fatty acids, and blood glucose than the drug glibenclamide.
According to preclinical research on cumin effects on cancer, the spice can prevent cervical and colon cancer.
There is also evidence that cumin improves memory function.Last, but not least, cumin is abundant in numerous antimicrobial properties.
HOW TO INCREASE YOUR CUMIN INTAKE
1.Savor your soups, stews, chili, rice, beans, or lentils with some cumin.
2.Add cumin to vegetable sautés; it also blends well with sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, and cauliflower.
3.Savor your marinades, salad dressings and mayonnaise with this spice.
￼4.Sprinkle on roasted nuts or chickpeas.
5.Use it as an additive in the meat mixture when making meatloaf, meatballs, or hamburgers.
6.Add to scrambled eggs before cooking.
7.Make some cumin seed tea by boiling the seeds in water and then leaving them to steep for about 10 minutes.